June 27, 2002
* Arnold Mesches: Echoes (Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Westchester,  665-6905). "Read for Knowledge" (1966), above, an acrylic on canvas, is included in a century survey of Mesches' paintings, drawings, collages and writings. Ends Aug. 10.
February 1, 1985 |
A clean and commodious new gallery space launches itself with a debut exhibition for Los Angeles painter Robert Ramirez. He does a perfectly credible job of juggling the established conventions of Neo-Expressionism. Beneath gobs and slashes of raw-hued pigment lurk images of horses, women and--mostly--monumental male nudes. Everybody is suffering some silent agony even though they appear perfectly young and hale.
February 10, 2004 |
Throughout the Cold War, the U.S. government employed thousands of snitches to rat out their neighbors, co-workers and friends. These low-level informants were nothing like spies in the movies. Misbehaving playboys, such as James Bond, did not fill their ranks. Nor did clear thinkers whose can-do efficiency approached that of the team players on "Mission Impossible." In the real world, these journeyman snoops were wannabe patriots.
February 16, 2004 |
The creepiness inherent in many of the science-fiction films from the 1950s played on the paranoia and fear wrought by the dual threats of communism and nuclear annihilation. Whether through allegory or straight propaganda, the movies exploited real and imagined perils for audiences of the era. The Skirball Cultural Center has assembled four such features for the "Red Menace Film Series," suggested by images in the current exhibit, "Arnold Mesches: FBI Files."
August 25, 2002
Pop Music With the Osbourne family firmly installed in America's living rooms via MTV, the spotlight on Ozzfest has never been brighter. Ozzy's annual high-decibel, multiple-stage road show has become the summer camp of choice for the headbanger set, as well as a platform to fame for bands on the brink. The perplexed patriarch, right, headlines as the tour pulls in at Devore's Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion on Saturday, with support from System of a Down, P.O.D., Rob Zombie and more.
December 29, 1989 |
The 1953 executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg aren't In "Unknown Secrets: Art and the Rosenberg Era," on view at Otis/Parsons Art Gallery through Jan. 6, 49 artists commemorate Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed as spies in 1953. The exhibition reminds us of how terribly fragile freedom is. Curated by Nina Felshin, "Unknown Secrets" will travel to eight U.S.